In the first century, the concept of a gemstone’s connection to a specific month of the year developed. The belief was that there was a connection between the twelve stones of the priestly breastplate, the twelve months of the year, and the twelve signs of the zodiac. The standardization of one stone for each month occurred in 1912 and was completed by the Jewelers of America.
It is quite common for people to feel a therapeutic influence or healing power when wearing the gemstone associated with that month. There are many legends and myths about the healing properties of birthstones and how wearing the one assigned to a specific month can heighten the supposed power of the stone itself.
At Vinciguerra Jewelers, we believe that wearing jewelry that features your birthstone is a fantastic way to represent yourself and your uniqueness. Our jewelers can help you find the perfect personalized jewelry with the appropriate gemstone for your birth month.
The birth month gemstones are as follows:
- January: Garnet
- February: Amethyst
- March: Aquamarine, Bloodstone
- April: Diamond
- May: Emerald
- June: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
- July: Ruby
- August: Peridot, Spinel
- September: Sapphire
- October: Opal, Tourmaline
- November: Topaz, Citrine
- December: Turquoise, Zircon, Tanzanite
Contact us today to learn more about our personalization services and how our jewelers can work to find you the perfect piece with a birth month gemstone!
Caring for Gemstones
When you have made the investment in a beautiful piece of jewelry that features a gemstone, it is important that you take the proper steps to maintain its brilliance and beauty. In general, jewelry should be stored in a clean, dry place, preferably in a fabric-lined case. Keep jewelry pieces away from each other since they can get tangled and scratched. You should bring your jewelry to our expert jewelers at Vinciguerra Jewelers at least once per year for regular maintenance and professional cleaning. We can also repair your pieces and bring them back to their original functionality and brilliance.
If you have diamond jewelry such as an engagement or wedding ring, it is important that you not take its durability for granted. Although diamond is one of the toughest materials on earth, it can still be scratched or chipped by a sudden, sharp blow. Avoid wearing diamond jewelry when doing rough work or using harsh chemicals such as chlorine. Clean your diamonds regularly with a commercial cleaner, a mix of water and ammonia, or mild detergent. You can dislodge dust and dirt from under the setting with a soft brush. Try to avoid touching the diamond as well since your fingers can smudge it.
For various colored gemstones, there are many which require very specific care and service to maintain their beauty. At Vinciguerra Jewelers, we are happy to discuss the proper way to care for your jewelry, but we will provide you a few general care tips here. After each instance of wearing your gemstone jewelry, wipe it thoroughly with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth to maintain its brilliance and ensure it is clean for storage. Store your gemstones individually in soft pouches. Avoid harsh chemicals when wearing your gemstones and apply any makeup or other cosmetics prior to putting on your gemstones to avoid dulling the stones.
St. Louis, MO Jewelry Store
As a family-owned jewelry store operating since 1951, Vinciguerra Jewelers is committed to providing friendly customer service and high-quality jewelry services. We are the premier jewelers in St. Louis, Missouri, and we want to help you make a special occasion even more spectacular with one of our exquisite jewelry pieces. We have a variety of styles for you to choose from, and we are sure that we can get you the jewelry piece you have been waiting for. Let us help you find the perfect piece of gemstone jewelry today!